Williams Gengakki Violins

★★★★☆
  • 3104 E Shadowlawn Ave NE

    Atlanta, GA 30305

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  • 404-233-2811

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Tue - Fri, 9:30am - 5:30pm; Sat, 9:30am - 3pm; Sun, closed

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I no longer send my violin students to Gengakki, and after some less than satisfactory work on my own violin and bow I no longer take mine to them either. If you need a quick rehair for a student then you will be okay, but if you are a professional the rehair will only last a matter of days. I know of several people who have had difficulties with repairs done by the shop. Their rentals were not but, but they no longer have a rental program. I had gone to Gengakki since they opened and the only person who remembered me was Jonathan at the front desk. The violins are extremely overpriced. The location, however, is convenient for those in the Buckhead area.

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I no longer send my violin students to Gengakki, and after some less than satisfactory work on my own violin and bow I no longer take mine to them either. If you need a quick rehair for a student then you will be okay, but if you are a professional the rehair will only last a matter of days. I know of several people who have had difficulties with repairs done by the shop. Their rentals were not but, but they no longer have a rental program. I had gone to Gengakki since they opened and the only person who remembered me was Jonathan at the front desk. The violins are extremely overpriced. The location, however, is convenient for those in the Buckhead area.

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Reggi Williams is the nicest man. Whenever we have an appointment, we are treated like we are the only customer. Every year we send my daughters bow to be re-haired and I get it back in less than a week. The quality of the instruments are tremendous. When we bought my daughter's 1st viola, we were told that when she got older and needed a better instrument, they wold give me the price I paid as a trade in price. He was good to his word. Everyone I know that knows anything about stringed instruments, always goes to Reggie for a new instrument, repairs, strings..just everything. This is THE place to go if you are a serious musician.

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Reggi Williams is the nicest man. Whenever we have an appointment, we are treated like we are the only customer. Every year we send my daughters bow to be re-haired and I get it back in less than a week. The quality of the instruments are tremendous. When we bought my daughter's 1st viola, we were told that when she got older and needed a better instrument, they wold give me the price I paid as a trade in price. He was good to his word. Everyone I know that knows anything about stringed instruments, always goes to Reggie for a new instrument, repairs, strings..just everything. This is THE place to go if you are a serious musician.

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Williams Gengakki has a great selection of high-quality instruments, top workmanship, and a diverse array of strings and accessories including fitted and oblong cases.

I had the great pleasure of buying a violin from them in 1992; it was a student-rated $1200 German maker. WG has a broad inventory spanning violins and violas for all skills and budgets, but you'll find that they're best for the seasoned and serious ASYO and undergraduate students.

The workshop is world-class; they keep only the finest in their trade for soundpost repair, bow rehairing, and acoustic maintenance (checking your violin for cracks). They also carve their own bridges.

The only reason I didn't rate this as a 5-star is because of the hefty price. Had I not found a private, NY-based dealer named Dove Buck, I might have ended up paying close to $15,000 for a 1910 Buerger make. I ended up saving close to $8,000 and instead settled for a 1929 Haberlein. If you're not willing to travel the country to look for your instrument, however, the 25% hefty premium is well worth your time. You know that the instrument you buy from WG will be high-quality.

PROS: The best violin retailer in the Southeastern United States
CONS: Would you buy a Buick for BMW prices? I wouldn't

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Williams Gengakki has a great selection of high-quality instruments, top workmanship, and a diverse array of strings and accessories including fitted and oblong cases.

I had the great pleasure of buying a violin from them in 1992; it was a student-rated $1200 German maker. WG has a broad inventory spanning violins and violas for all skills and budgets, but you'll find that they're best for the seasoned and serious ASYO and undergraduate students.

The workshop is world-class; they keep only the finest in their trade for soundpost repair, bow rehairing, and acoustic maintenance (checking your violin for cracks). They also carve their own bridges.

The only reason I didn't rate this as a 5-star is because of the hefty price. Had I not found a private, NY-based dealer named Dove Buck, I might have ended up paying close to $15,000 for a 1910 Buerger make. I ended up saving close to $8,000 and instead settled for a 1929 Haberlein. If you're not willing to travel the country to look for your instrument, however, the 25% hefty premium is well worth your time. You know that the instrument you buy from WG will be high-quality.

PROS: The best violin retailer in the Southeastern United States
CONS: Would you buy a Buick for BMW prices? I wouldn't

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